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"No, honey, it's spam email, it's not porn."  The FTC is soon to put a stop to <I>that</I> excuse, if you've ever tried to use it.  Enforcement of the Can-Spam Act is in full swing according to the Federal Trade Commission, even if your in-box tells you otherwise. 

The government claims to have collected over $1,000,000 in one recent case where it sued seven alleged spammers (monies obtained so far from five companies, but the remaining two are denying the allegations) for sending pornographic email without identification of it as x-rated.  I don't know about your in-box, but mine, even guarded by both hardware and software filters, it still creeps through.

A lot of it. 

Want to help?  According to the FTC, if you receive spam email, or email that you don't want and the email fails to contain both a postal address and a clear opportunity for consumers to opt out of receiving future e-mail, then don't just moan and groan about it, fill out this online complaint form.  Otherwise, push for the reward system to go into place.

It may not be that easy.  According to Spamhaus, "Anyone with any sense would of course realise that if CAN-Spam becomes law, opting out of spammers' lists will very likely become the main daytime activity for most US email users."  Now, that's encouraging.  How about some practical advice?

Try this:  should you click on the "Remove me" link?  Absolutely not, reports Spamhaus.  And don't forget to tell your friends.  By email. 

Ugh.

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